Published February 27, 2014
The mother of a British soldier hacked to death by Muslim extremists in 2013 collapsed and needed medical treatment after a sentencing hearing Wednesday.
According to Sky News, Lyn Rigby said her legs went out from underneath her and "she couldn't breathe properly" as Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were being sentenced for the murder of her son, Lee, in a London courtroom.
Adebolajo and Adebowale -- self-proclaimed "soldiers of Allah" -- reportedly became angry and started screaming after a judge said they betrayed Islam when they hacked Rigby to death last year. The brutal murder, which drew international attention, was captured in TV footage.
"There was so much banging and chaos," Lyn Rigby said of the court proceeding. "I felt so ill I thought I was going to die. I screamed out and the police rushed to protect me and my family."
The two men were taken to their cells, where they continued screaming. The judge sentenced them in their absence.
Adebolajo, 29, was given a life sentence, and Adebowale, 22, was jailed for at least 45 years.